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A Master Mariner's Log

A Master Mariner's Log

William Walker


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In his autobiography, William Walker details his life, from his father's death, to leaving his home in Jersey and his difficult days at boarding school. There, he grappled with the uncertainty of youth as, on the cusp of adulthood, he searched for his path. All this led to him, by a moment of chance, finding his calling. And so, in early September of 1958, just a week shy of his eighteenth birthday, William found himself boarding the SS Umtata, preparing to begin his career at sea.

As he rose the ranks and explored the world, William's experiences ranged from caring for farm animals in the middle of the Atlantic and narrowly escaping disasters that could have cost him his life, to the tragic loss of crewmates and colleagues.

A Master Mariner's Log contains historic details, including the 1909 disappearance of the passenger ship Waratah and a connection to the Titanic itself. It is written through the means of autobiographical recollection, fictional short stories, and quotes from a variety of writers, all adding to the grand adventure.

ISBN : 978-1-80074-830-9

Published: 23/02/2023

Pages : 256

Size : 234x156

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

William Walker

In a chequered career as a deck officer and captain commencing when the British and continental Merchant Navies were in their heyday post-war. Through its decline and the onset of flags of convenience, I have traced the ups and downs of my life through many crises in service aboard many types of ships and flags, carrying a wide variety of cargoes, benign, potentially dangerous or downright risky, always exciting and never boring among men of many nationalities, wonderful characters all!

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